On the whole, minimum wage workers don’t have anyone to fight on their behalf. That’s why it was so important for the Teamsters to stand up for economic security for all Californians and play an active role in the fight to increase the minimum wage to $15.
In April, the legislature passed, and Governor Jerry Brown signed, the “Fair Wage Act of 2016,” raising the minimum wage over a number of years to $15 per hour. Teamster fingerprints were all over the bill.
“While even $15 is not nearly enough for someone to raise a family on — particularly in the Bay Area — many workers in our state do just that,” said Secretary-Treasurer Rome Aloise. “They struggle at minimum wage jobs, trying to make ends meet, deciding which bills to pay and whether to pay rent or feed their children. We hope that by raising the pay levels, we not only help these workers but also give a boost to everyone else.”
Governor Brown asked Aloise to participate in the process of developing the legislation and then to stand with him when he announced that the legislation was complete.
“This act demonstrates our commitment to all working people, and confirms the fact that our influence as Teamsters is sought out by the lawmakers in our state,” Aloise added with pride.
This measure increases the minimum wage to $11.00 per hour, effective January 1, 2017, and by $1.00 each of the next four years, to $15.00 per hour on January 1, 2021. Thereafter, the law adjusts the minimum wage annually based on the rate of inflation for the previous year, using the California Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers.